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Acticating Windows XP Pro

By john.cb1 ·
I have purchased Windows Xp Pro with SP2 on.

I installed it and it asked me to activate it, this is what i did.
I had to buy a new Hard drive and my other one stopped working correctly.

I once again installed Windows Xp Pro and it asked me to activate it.
I tried to do this and entered my cd key number but this time it told me that i had used the activation key too many times and to try another key.So i could not activate Windows XP pro

Can anyone tell me how remedy this problem

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Acticating Windows XP Pro

When you say the other one stopped working? Other what? HD or PC?
You can only install XP on one HD on one PC.
Re-activation will occur if you change 3 or more items of hardware.

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by john.cb1 In reply to Acticating Windows XP Pro

I forgot to say that i had to buy a new hard drive as the hard drive stopped working.

Surely i do not have to buy another Windwows XP pro disc.

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by wcp In reply to Acticating Windows XP Pro

Activate thru telephone and explain to a MS activation representative what happened.
You should be able to get a confirmation code without problem.

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by TheChas In reply to Acticating Windows XP Pro

Have your PC running and have a phone handy.

Run the activation wizard again.

There should be an option to call Microsoft.

Make sure that you are calling the correct Microsoft number for where you live.

The Microsoft Activation team will ask you for a code from your PC. They will be able to verify that you had activated Windows and only changed your hard drive.

They will then give you some codes to enter in for activation.

This is NOT a new license. This is just manual activation of the license you have.

Chas

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by DouglasB In reply to Acticating Windows XP Pro

I run a repair shop and have to do this several times a month, due to hardware replacement or reinstall of o/s because of corruption. When you go to activate it will deny, just follow the prompts to activate via telephone, it will give you the toll free number to call. This is a pain, but you will have to verbally say the key that you see on the activation screen. You will then get a message that it can't be verified and you will be directed to a "live" person. Explain to them what happend, they will ask if this is the only computer it is installed on, say "yes." (it helps to tell the rep what happend up front and that you have a genuine cd and activation key). The rep will generate a new activation number and give it to you so you can type it in as you hear it. Click finish or next and you are set to go.

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